Apple allowed by the courts to intervene in iOS developer patent dispute
The original case filed in the Eastern District of Texas, involved Lodsys against small app developers. But the complaint was later amended to include larger companies including Rovio, developer of the wildly popular Angry Birds games. After Apple filed its motion last June, Lodsys filed a motion the next month laying out its arguments why Apple should not be allowed to throw its 2 cents in. The next month, Apple filed another motion saying that they really, really want to be involved.
Today, the word came from the court. Apple is indeed allowed to intervene in the case, but on a limited basis. The court's ruling reads as, "Apple is permitted to intervene in this suit, but such intervention is limited to the issues of patent exhaustion and licensing."